Christopher, an LA:RISE participant, gained marketable experience with the LA Conservation Corps
The Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) program participant Christopher, recently gained work experience with social enterprise partner LA Conservation Corps that inspired him to pursue a career in landscaping or natural water preservation.

Before he joined LA:RISE, Christopher was not working or enrolled in school, putting him at risk for homelessness. After watching his sister succeed at LA Conservation Corps, Christopher knew it was the opportunity he needed to achieve economic stability.

Through LA:RISE Christopher was placed at LA Conservation Corps where he worked on a variety of projects that helped him build marketable job skills, strengthen his communication skills, and bolster his self-confidence. During the program, Christopher was praised for his hard work, consistency and can-do attitude.

Now, motivated by his time at LA Conservation Corps and a project with the Metropolitan Water District, Christopher is preparing to enroll in college in the fall to pursue a career in landscaping or natural water preservation.

He joined LA:RISE “because I needed a job, now I am pursuing a career,” he said.

LA:RISE – A social enterprise solution to help join the workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed. The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school or working. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise and leveraging training and services from the WorkSource Center, LA:RISE participants are placed at jobs in the private sector, in public-sector jobs in the City of LA, or in vocational training programs.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of August 5, 2019. Read this issue and more.